Olympic silver medallist inspires pupils

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Olympic silver medallist Greg Drummond returned to his former school on Friday to present the prizes at Forfar Academy’s end of term ceremony.

In what has been a remarkable year for the local curler, who was presented with the Andrew Smyth Award the previous evening, Greg told the packed hall he was “incredibly honoured” to be invited to attend the prize-giving.

He spoke with pride of his Winter Olympic experience in Sochi as part of the team G.B. curling team.

He revealed that, on his return from Russia, the men and women’s team were invited to meet Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street.

He said: “The Prime Minister was a very down to earth guy. He asked us all to go out in to all the schools, to share our experiences and to inspire the next generation in sports. I am fulfilling that request from him today.”

The ceremony had been billed as a “time of celebration and a time for looking forward” after what Academy head teacher Melvyn Lynch said had been an “annus horribilis” for the school following the deaths of Mrs Judy Wilson and Mr John Vannet.

He said: “We dedicate this prize-giving to John Vannet and Judy Wilson, such stalwarts, great teachers, great friends and colleagues.”

His theme for his address was “inspiration” and in it he highlighted a number of inspirational achievements, from the ScotEd Award for the technical department and the school finishing second in the Rock Challenge, to pupil Courtney Bernard being named one of the Queen’s relay baton bearers.

The prize-giving included Gaelic singing from teacher Ceitidh Smith and pupil Ruadth Griffin, as well as performances from the S2 chamber choir and senior chamber choir.

It also included the presentation of four cheques for £756.58 each for Callum’s Cabin, Lippen Care, the Maggie’s Centre and Insight Counselling.

The money was raised at the Laura’s Fun Day held at Murton nature reserve in memory of Forfar Academy pupil Laura Forbes who died last year after a brave fight against cancer.

The cheques were presented to Laura’s mum, Audrey.

Following the presentation of the prizes, as is customary, the senior prefects for 2014-15 were announced.

Head boy is Geordie Cryle and Ruth Scott is head girl.

The deputy head boy is Callum Brown and deputy head girl is Erin Brown.

Sophie Fitzpatrick is chair of the pupil learning council and Alix Coleman is chair of the charities committee.

The house captains were named as follows:-

Cally - Innes Black and Beth Milne. Lethnot - Ciaran Wark and Chloe Robinson. Moy - Rachael Kydd and Kara Duncan.

The house champions for the 2013-2014 school year was Lethnot with house captain Gavin Thomson accepting the trophy.

Two special awards were also made during the ceremony. Former pupils Rachel Beaton and Shona Lean had donated the Judy Wilson Prize which was presented to Emily Milton, and the John Vannet Memorial Award was presented by Mr Vannet’s son, Peter, to Cally Gooderham.

More results will follow in next week’s paper.




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